Presented on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Quarry Farm Barn. Abraham Kupersmith is Professor Emeritus of Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.
This talk, based on Kupersmith’s recently published book, Twain and Freud on the Human Race: Parallels on Personality, Politics and Religion, will provide an overview of the psychological insights and theories of Mark Twain and Sigmund Freud. Although at first glance these two men seem to constitute an unlikely pairing, each formulated a comprehensive theory of individual and group psychology and subsequently applied that understanding to the realms of religion, morality, patriotism, and politics. The talk will focus on the similarities and differences in their theories of personality and will provide examples of how Twain’s theory of personality is reflected in the construction of some of his novels.